With cooler weather coming (very, very soon I hope), that’s motivation enough for my family to get outside and PLAY at the YMCA! Did you know the Y Way to Play is a commitment for all to learn, grow and have fun through Boca youth and adult sports? Their Boca youth sports program helps participants build confidence while having fun and learning the fundamentals of sports.
MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...the founder of Prenatal and Beyond Fit, Moji Doyle!
Tell us a little bit about your background, motherhood and what inspired you to start Prenatal and Beyond Fit…
I was born to a German mother and Persian father and was raised in Germany, England and France. I studied languages, law & economics at the University of Nice, France, where I also met my former husband. Since France was going into a recession, we decided to move to South Florida where his parents still reside today. With an international background, I worked for a technology firm in sales for over 4 years.
In the meantime, I had had my second child, working long hours and I didn’t want to have someone else raise my children. So when my youngest child, 13 months at the time, was diagnosed with a serious hip infection (he could have become crippled), I had to reevaluate my options. With a keen interest in health and wellness since the young age of 16 and the desire to help others, I decided to quit my corporate job and follow my dream to start up my own prenatal fitness business.
To my delight, I found that it was an untapped market, especially here in South Florida. It was super flexible, which was super important to me as a mom, and I could set my own hours and work around my children’s schedule.
I researched certifications extensively and other prenatal fitness businesses in the marketplace. I became certified as a Personal Trainer and Prenatal Fitness Coach in 2001 and shortly thereafter, the owner of a women’s gym offered me a position to teach prenatal fitness classes!
What’s unique about Prenatal and Beyond Fit and why should MBMoms become your clients?
What’s unique with Prenatal and Beyond Fit is that with my Pre & Postnatal Fitness Coaching (I offer in-home and via Facetime/Skype), I specifically target women who are trying to conceive, are expecting or have just had their baby. These are also women who would like to stay or get fit and be well prepared physically, mentally and emotionally for the big event or the postpartum period.
Since there is so much mixed information out there, new moms are often unsure what exercises they can do, and which ones they should avoid or modify as they become pregnant. Therefore, they stop exercising as soon as they are pregnant for fear of hurting their baby. With my expertise, I can give new and expectant moms peace of mind and teach them what they should be focusing on and what they should modify or avoid.
With my 15 years of knowledge in the field and experience as a mother of two, I’ve worked with hundreds of new and expectant moms. I’m also a contributing author and work closely with my clients’ doctors and midwives. Every workout is fun, safe and tailored to the client’s stage of pregnancy, fitness level and how a client is feeling on a given day.
What new and exciting things are coming up for your business?
Many expecting women today do not incorporate any form of exercise into their daily routine. My goal is to empower and educate as many women as possible to get or stay active before, during and after pregnancy. The benefits are not only tremendous for the mom, but also for the unborn child.
I’m continuously working on blog articles and exercise videos that are published to my website/blog and social media sites and I’ve been working on a number of e-books recently relative to diet and exercise. Even more exciting, I’m currently working on a project which will enable women to stay fit on their own from their smartphone or laptop.
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?
I am a beach girl/mermaid at heart and feel very privileged to be able to take a short walk to the beach and watch the sun rise and set. The beach is my sanity and “therapist” and it brings me joy and peace. I love waking up early, to see the day unfold; getting a workout in before I train my clients, or ride my bike.
I have wonderful clients and friends and amazing children. I feel very lucky and I think waking up in a beautiful surrounding contributes to my happiness.
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There’s a song from the Broadway show, Avenue Q, that I can’t ever get fully out of my head. It’s called “I Wish I Could Go Back to College,” and the song talks about how life was so simple when all you had to do was go to class and hang out with your friends. It’s pretty spot on.
I miss those days, but lately I’ve decided: forget college. I would much rather go back to preschool. The stakes are lower, the parental servicing top notch…and now there are so many awesome opportunities for the 3+ set in our area that you might just want to go back with me!
Preschool Perk #1: Hanging Out Upside Down (at Capoeira for Preschoolers)
Whenever my daughter encounters a padded floor, the first thing she does is try to do a headstand. There’s something freeing about hanging upside down when you’re 3 years old and now there’s a perfect class to teach them the proper way to do so at Capo Capoeira in Coral Springs, Capoeira for Preschoolers. The class actually goes up to age 6.
Capoeira is a centuries old martial art that combines Brazilian music and dance with self-defense. The ”combatants” don’t actually try to hurt or even touch each other. Although the advanced flips and kicks of capoeira demand training, agility and skills, anyone can have fun with it and “play” capoeira, including preschoolers.
We love the Capoeira for Preschoolers class times at Capo Capoeira in Coral Springs. They are held every day but Wednesday and Sunday. Check out the flier above for more details!
(Psst…they even have a class for moms! Capo Capoeira has an amazing class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. where most of the attendees are MOMS! Each person who joins really becomes part of an amazing group of friends who support and push each other. Don’t be nervous– you don’t have to be flexible or coordinated to do capoeira! Their classes, including Capoeira for Preschoolers, are for all levels and ages, and focus on improving strength, flexibility, and complete body conditioning. Capoeira music also includes African drums, which takes the energy of a “workout class” to a whole other level!)
Preschool Perk #2: Wearing Whatever the Heck You Want
Two headbands? No problem. Crazy color combos? Completely normal. Princess dresses or nightgowns worn around town? Can totally get away with it.
It’s good to be fashionably free at 3.
Preschool Perk #3: Falling Asleep Anywhere You Damn Feel Like
Regular naps are for suckers…uh, we mean TODDLERS. When you’re a preschooler, you laugh in the face of naptime. But when you’re tired, it’s on.
Whether you’re in the car, on the couch or near a floor, it’s all acceptable if you’re in need of a little snooze.
Can we please go back to preschool already?
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Boca moms are fierce competitors. Now I’m not talking about the competition between mothers to throw the best children’s birthday party or seek out the latest Lululemon outfit to wear to school pickup. I’m talking about stepping and the tracking of said steps with moms on Fitbit.
Not familiar with Fitbit? Picture a pedometer on steroids. Typically a bracelet or clip-on device, you can track activity (steps), exercise, food/water intake, weight, sleep and heartrate and get real-time information about your day and night. The device syncs with a handy app on your smartphone and that’s where the competitive fun begins with moms on Fitbit.
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